• lomo saltado
    Dinner

    Lomo Saltado

    I first had this delicious Peruvian Beef stir fry during my visit to California last year. Our friends took us to a local spot that had some of the best Peruvian we ever ate. One of the dishes we enjoyed was Lomo Saltado. I never had anything like it before and it just intrigued me. I devoured my plate. Lomo Saltado itself is saucy and full of textures and flavors. It goes perfectly with white rice despite already having potato as a component too. I just knew I had to recreate it at home for my husband and me to enjoy. I needed to share this recipe with you. It…

  • the best classic lasagna
    Dinner

    The Best Classic Lasagna

    Lasagna is one of those comfort foods that always hits the spot. What’s better than pasta, ricotta, seasoned ground beef, marinara sauce, and tons of cheese? Just a few steps with several simple ingredients and you have yourself a wholesome delicious meal that will keep you going back from more. To make it even easier, I used a store-bought marinara sauce and lasagna noodles that require no boiling which saves on more time and easier cleanup. Feel free to use gluten-free lasagna noodles in this recipe if need be as well! It works just as delicious. This was actually tested on brown rice GF noodles. Try my white lasagna if…

  • Dinner,  Ramadan

    Malfoof (Stuffed Cabbage Leaves)

    I grew up eating Malfoof, which are stuffed cabbage leaves. There are so many different preparations for this dish dependent on the region. Almost every country in the Middle East has their own twist on it with various seasonings. European countries also make stuffed cabbage too! Today, I’m sharing with you my mother’s way. In the Middle East, stuffing vegetables is very common as not only is it delicious but also inexpensive. The two most common are stuffed grape leaves (dawali) & stuffed cabbage leaves (malfoof). These are both a favorite of mine but in the colder months, I always find myself craving malfoof more. Cabbage leaves are also easier…

  • pizza dough
    Appetizers,  Brunch,  Dinner

    Easy Dough Recipe

    Hi, my beautiful friends! Happy New Year! I wanted to start this decade with this fabulous easy dough recipe that I adapted from my mother who is my inspiration in the kitchen. This recipe only takes a few ingredients and some patience for an incredibly fluffy dough that can be topped or stuffed with whatever your heart desires. This recipe can be vegan if the dry milk powder is omitted. I have not tested gluten-free flour using this recipe but I can imagine Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 baking flour may work as a substitute for the all-purpose flour or even almond flour. Let me know if you try! My mom…

  • mujadara
    Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Ramadan,  Vegan

    Mujadara (A Middle Eastern Rice & Lentil dish topped with caramelized onions)

    Mujadara is a Middle Eastern staple made often during the cooler seasons as a comforting dinner. This cumin flavored rice and lentil meal is a hearty vegan dish as it is topped with a bountiful of crispy caramelized onions and often served with refreshing salads such as fattoush. My mom always paired it with a fresh tomato salsa along with cucumber yogurt salad which I share both recipes for below. Clearly, this isn’t a fancy meal but that is what makes it a comforting dish. Honestly, the onions are what make mujadara, and of course the choice of rice and lentils. Since this meal is primarily comprised of 3 simple…

  • Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese
    Dinner,  Side Dishes

    Easy Homemade Mac and Cheese

    All you need is 8 ingredients and a few minutes of your time to make this easy homemade Mac and cheese. When I think of comfort food; this is the dish that comes to mind. Nothing beats creamy cheesy goodness with perfectly cooked pasta. It is one meal that will always bring you joy. It makes for a crowd-pleasing side dish at any potluck especially next to turkey on a Thanksgiving table. Both kids and adults alike love this mac and cheese! I have had my share of Mac and cheese and this recipe is at the top. You get creamy, cheesy, and crunch all in one bite. What more…

  • Low Carb Shepherd's Pie
    Dinner,  Gluten Free,  Keto,  Side Dishes

    Low-Carb Shepherd’s Pie

    This right here is the ultimate comfort meal but unlike most comfort food; it isn’t bad for you! This variation is low in carbs and calories but jam-packed with flavor. You almost won’t believe that it is good for you! I used lean ground turkey as my protein in place of lamb or beef which is what is traditionally used in a Shepherd’s pie. Instead of topping the filling with mashed potatoes; I opted for some mashed cauliflower instead which is just as good and even better for you. This would make the perfect side dish on Thanksgiving. It is great for those who are following a keto diet or…

  • Beef shawarma taco bowls
    Brunch,  Dinner,  Ramadan

    Beef Shawarma Taco Bowls

    Shawarma is a dish loved across the globe by many. It derived from the Middle East but is now enjoyed worldwide. What sets it apart is the key spices that makes up shawarma like garlic, cumin, allspice, paprika and so much more. And of course, it is known for how it is traditionally cooked on a rotating spit. While, I am not cooking the shawarma on a spit today. I wanted to share with you this super easy and quick recipe because it is #tacotuesday! I also understand that most of us put prepping dinner on the back burner because of our hectic schedules. This is a homemade meal that…

  • Kousa Mashi Bil Laban (Stuffed Zucchini in Yogurt)
    Dinner,  Ramadan

    Kousa Mahshi Bil Laban (Stuffed Zucchini in Yogurt)

    The ultimate Middle Eastern comfort food. Almost all Arabic households around this time of year will be making mahshi; stuffed vegetables. Kousa Mahshi has a special place in my heart. My mom would make it frequently growing up and it was always a favorite of mine especially with the garlic yogurt sauce. I have always been obsessed with dairy. Too much for my own good. Any meal that had yogurt; I was in. Anything from Mansaf to shish barak (meat dumplings in a yogurt sauce) was a winner in my book. I haven’t had this meal since I got married and moved miles and miles away. So, yesterday I just…

  • Dinner

    Stuffed Salmon with Bulgar Salad & Shrimp

    Today’s dish is all about the omegas’s! Salmon is known to be a hearty healthy fish that is super filling and easy to cook. I always have loved stuffed salmon when eating at a restaurant and decided to recreate that at home. What better than cheesy garlic spinach goodness as the filling? To complete this meal; I served it with a delicious and easy bulgar salad using Wild Garden foods wheat and tomato pilaf and some sauteed shrimp as the cherry on top! Now, this is one meal that looks like it took hours to make but promise it can be done in under 30 minutes. Bon Appetit! Servings: 2…

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